We’ve been a little quiet on the baking front recently as we’ve been snowed under with commissions and book writing. So, now that it’s turning colder and The Great British Bake Off is back (squeal) I’m feeling all inspired to get my bake on. We got sent a copy of the new Cath Kidston baking book to try out and this Salted Almond and Chocolate Brittle jumped out as an easy and incredibly delicious looking bake. It is in one word…scrumdiddlyumptious!
You will need:
- 200g blanched almonds, roughly chopped
- 250g caster (superfine) sugar
- 125g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
- ½ tsp sea salt flakes
- 150g good-quality dark (bitter-sweet) chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1. Lightly grease and line a 30 x 20cm (12 x 8in) baking tray with baking parchment. Spread the almonds out on the parchment in an even layer. Put the sugar, butter, salt and 100ml water into a saucepan and place over a low–medium heat. Stir the mixture until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
2. Once dissolved, increase the heat and boil the mixture for 5–10 minutes, until it has reached a golden caramel colour. Quickly and carefully pour the caramel over the almonds and set aside to cool completely.
Once the caramel is cool, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water.
3. Invert the caramel on to a clean sheet of baking parchment so that the smooth side is uppermost. Pour over the chocolate and use a palette knife to spread it out evenly. Leave the chocolate to set completely before breaking into chunks to serve. The brittle can be stored in an airtight container, interleaved with baking parchment, for up to two days.
So there we have it, Salted Almond & Chocolate Brittle. It turned out just like the photo in the recipe, which almost never happens to me. It is utterly amazing and serves 12-15 people. Of if you’re like me and my husband, serves two and only takes the opening credits of Bake Off to be devoured in.
Teatime: 50 cakes and bakes for every occasion from Cath Kidston (Quadrille, £15, hardback) is out now. Thanks to Cath Kidston for sending the book. All yummy thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.
~ Laura xx ~